Check out “Public Sites for Public Good,” a collaborative report from the Northern Manhattan Collaborative and Hester Street that provides a comprehensive framework for affordable housing on public sites in East Harlem.
With the November 2017 approval of the East Harlem rezoning plan, New York City committed an unprecedented $222 million towards future neighborhood investments. A portion of this commitment will fund strategies to develop new affordable housing on four City-owned properties. Concurrently, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) selected 14 groups of properties in East Harlem slated for redevelopment as support facilities for the second phase of the Second Avenue Subway. The MTA properties will displace nearly 300 residents and 24,000 SF of active commercial space. In the context of the city commitments and MTA plans, we (NMC) have developed a locally-informed comprehensive framework for affordable housing. With 50 years of on-the-ground experience and our collective portfolio of affordable housing and community facilities that is spread across a third of East Harlem’s blocks, we have developed a vision for leveraging the neighborhood’s affordable housing opportunities to address community-identified needs.